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WIDA Standards, Assessments, and Professional Learning

Contact Information

Virginia Morales
Multilingual Education Program Supervisor
360-725-4477

Washington is part of the 41-state WIDA Consortium that promotes educational equity for multilingual learners through language development standards, assessments, and high-quality professional learning for P-12 educators.

WIDA Standards

Washington State has adopted the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework starting with the 2021–22 school year. WIDA also offers Spanish Language Development Standards and Spanish Language Arts Standards which are currently under consideration for adoption for dual language programs.

WIDA Assessments

Beginning in August 2021, multilingual learners in Washington state will be screened and tested annually using WIDA assessments. The following links provide more information on screening and testing in Washington state:

WIDA Professional Learning

As members of the WIDA Consortium, all educators in Washington State public schools have access to high-quality professional learning through WIDA. These opportunities include self-paced eWorkshops and live or virtual facilitated workshops led by WIDA professional development specialists. To access these workshops as well as all required WIDA assessment trainings, educators must log in through the WIDA Secure Portal.

All WIDA assessment materials, required trainings for screeners and assessments, and professional learning courses are in the WIDA Secure Portal, which can be accessed by all K-12 educators in Washington public schools. To get a Secure Portal account:

  1. Email WIDA Help and ask to set up a WIDA Secure Portal account for assessments and eLearning. You must use your district email address.
  2. You will receive an email from WIDA Client Services Center informing you that an account has been set up.
  3. Go to: WIDA Login webpage.
  4. Select: WIDA Secure Portal
  5. Login to the WIDA Secure Portal with your district email address and password.

The following self-paced WIDA eWorkshops are available from September 1, 2021, to August 31, 2022, to support effective instruction and language development for multilingual learners. All learning opportunities have free clock hours and are available to all K-12 educators.

To earn free clock hours, use the following links to register through pdEnroller. Once you have finished the eWorkshop, complete the pdEnroller survey for that course. After you complete the survey, OSPI will process your clock hours and they will be automatically posted to your E-Certification file.

Washington state is offering the following WIDA facilitated workshops in the 2021-22 school year led by WIDA professional development specialists. Space is limited for these sessions and free clock hours are provided. For more information and to register for sessions, please use the following links to pdEnroller:

WIDA Resources

WIDA offers many additional resources to facilitate sharing information on standards, assessments, and professional learning including:

  • ACCESS for ELLs – Parent letters, handouts, and guides to explain what ACCESS is, who takes ACCESS, and how to understand the score report.
  • Focus Bulletins – WIDA publications that explore issues in the field of ELL education.
  • Family Resources – Material that can help families understand the range of WIDA assessments, as well as what it means to be an English learner.
  • Research and Technical Reports – Scholarly reports and briefs written by WIDA researchers about issues of interest in the field of ELL education. 

Visit the WIDA Resource Library for a complete list of resource topics and types. 

For resources in Spanish, visit WIDA's Spanish Resource Library.